FASHION & LIFESTYLE
The Hidden Message Behind Mixed Prints
How this interesting fashion statement
helps us express who we are.
BY VICTORIA REED
FAIR WARNING: This isn’t going to be your typical fashion article about how to mix prints this fall. Design elements and techniques will be touched on, but the bulk will focus on what mixed prints convey--and how we can tap into that a little more.
A quick google search will yield countless articles about how to wear mixed-prints, but they don’t really touch on the boldness and uniqueness of this fashion statement, and what it says about the person who's wearing it.
Mixed prints are the equivalent of coloring outside the lines in a color book. We’re taught in order to have a beautiful picture we must stay inside the lines. The same idea is sometimes applied to the clothes we wear. I’m a color inside the lines person myself, but I also love that creative side of me that likes to go outside the lines--and mixed prints do just that. And no, it’s not about breaking the rules. It’s about being yourself.
Mixed prints is a way to go beyond the norm when it comes to our fashion choices. Mixing prints can be a reminder to give up defining ourselves to ourselves, and to others. Face it: We’re our most powerful and most effective when we’re simply ourselves.
Now that I’ve said my piece, let’s talk about these mixed-print drop shape earrings. These hand-painted statement earrings by My Melanin Crafts are unique to say the least. Mone’t Davis-Kelsey’s, owner of My Melanin Crafts, approach to mixing prints is both fun and cohesive. The black and white shades bring harmony to these shapely pieces of wood, and the pop of green adds emphasis. Pairing these earrings with a black and white printed top makes the look even more interesting. Why stop there? Add a pair of black and white printed pants.
Mixed prints are fun and bold, so enjoy yourself. And don’t worry about what other people may think. “When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem.” - Eckhart Tolle.
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